Visitors to Village at Proprietors Green’s Country Kitchen are pleasantly surprised to see that it’s not only a great place to gather with family and friends, but is also an art gallery in which original works of art created by the assisted living community’s residents are displayed. “We started the art program about three years ago,” says Valeri Williams, resident services director. “The residents who participate are discovering talents they never knew they had. Their paintings are amazing.”
From landscapes to seascapes, nature scenes to a range of still life paintings, the gallery currently features more than 50 original pieces. The group of aspiring artists meets every Monday afternoon with Jeanne Runewicz, an artist and activity assistant at another Welch Group community, who lends her artistic experience and expertise to about a dozen participants. Williams explains, “Each week, Jeanne brings a picture for the residents to recreate as a freehand watercolor, encouraging them to explore their artistic side and learn new skills.” The class is also a good opportunity to sharpen skills such as hand/eye coordination, strategic thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Williams says, “It also builds confidence and a sense of camaraderie among the group. They look forward to it. It brightens their day. Some of the residents get together on their own time during the week to work on their projects.”
Twice a year, the Village hosts an art show that brings residents, families, and friends together to admire the artwork while enjoying wine, cheese, and, most importantly, each other’s company. Runewicz offers an art class for residents of the community’s Memory Care Neighborhood, as well. The Village at Proprietors Green will also will feature a revolving display of fine art reproductions beginning September 3 in the Independent Living Club Room.
When asked why it is important to offer programs like these throughout Village at Proprietors Green, Williams responds, “Who doesn’t love art?”
Interested in learning more? Call 781-834-7885 today to schedule a personal tour and join us for a complimentary luncheon. We look forward to meeting you!